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So its snowing right now. And Im trying to capture the snow falling. It seems to capture very little snow but in reality its snowing a lot. What are some techniques to capturing the snow? What f stop and shutter speed should i be at?

Post #1, Dec 16, 2008 14:01:38


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hmm. to share my secrets or not to.. hmmm..
what the hell it's christmas time. :D

This is assuming you have photoshop or equivalent.
Photograph a static background with your snowfall (house, trees, whatever doesn't move). take multiple exposures, say 5 or 6. open them all in photoshop, and you can click and drag them all onto 1 exposure, photoshop will just add them as layers.
Now you should have 1 file that has each of the different photos as layers, go to blend mode and select lighten -- do this for each layer. photoshop has now looked at each layer pair and selected the lighter pixels in each.
In effect what you're doing is adding 5 photos worth or snow into one picture.

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Sometimes you can use a bit of fill-flash to light the falling flakes.

@polarbare, that is an interesting tip... I'll give that a try!

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Underexpose for ambient light slightly, front light the falling snow with flash

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did u mean something like HDR??? I used the flash method didnt come out as what i wanted to or at least seen on the internet but it did look a lot better than the way i was doing it by increasing the exposure time

Post #5, Dec 16, 2008 19:54:45 as a reply to Wilt's post 3 hours earlier.


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I always overexpose my snow shots by + 1 to + 1 2/3 stops to look snow white rather than gray color.
f 8 should be good, ISO and shutter speed based on the light outside. we had a snow storm last night, i need to capture few today...

Post #6, Dec 17, 2008 09:32:52 as a reply to dc5itr888's post 13 hours earlier.


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I always overexpose my snow shots by + 1 to + 1 2/3 stops to look snow white rather than gray color.

Or you could start with this & eliminate the guesswork:
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Post #7, Dec 17, 2008 10:12:45


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